Funding call

Apply for funding to improve the methods used by others in biomedical and health research.

Your project must focus on an area within MRC or NIHR’s remit

You must be a researcher based at an organisation eligible for UKRI funding

You must have a graduate degree, although MRC expects most applicants to have a PhD

The full economic cost of your project can be up to £625,000. MRC and NIHR will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

This is an ongoing scheme. Application rounds open twice per year, closing in June and November.

To apply

You can apply for this opportunity if you are a researcher based at an eligible research organisation. These include:

  • higher education institutions
  • UKRI-approved independent research organisations or NHS bodies
  • government-funded organisations
  • public sector research establishments
  • MRC institutes
  • MRC units and partnership institutes (including those in Gambia and Uganda)
  • institutes and units funded by other research councils
Application assessment

Your application will be assessed on:

  • the quality and prioritisation of proposed research
  • project management, risk mitigation and decision-making approaches, including community consultation as appropriate
  • the assurance of wider implementation or learning from project outputs, including approaches for benchmarking (method performance and implementation costs), outreach and the ability to influence wider audiences
  • value for money and impact

Key dates

Opening date: 6 May 2022

Closing date: 15 June 2022 (16:00 BST) 

Shortlisting decision meeting: 26 October 2022

Funding decision meeting: 23 – 24 November 2022